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Freshman Theo Howard matches up with safety Jaleel Wadood during practice. Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze
Freshmen adjust to college life in different ways and different speeds. Many UCLA fans were expecting to see both Mique Juarez and Theo Howard with significant playing time at this point in the season and for different reasons, it hasn’t happened.
Meanwhile, receivers coach Eric Yarber said Howard is coming along, but just needs more time to hone his skills. The team has a special package of plays for Howard that will help build his confidence, which will then lead to success, Yarber hopes.
Takkarist McKinley (groin) was on the sideline at practice today. He reaggravated his groin injury against BYU, but stayed in the game until he was later shaken up again. He walked off the field after the incident and head coach Jim Mora said the senior defensive end was OK. McClure expects McKinley to play Saturday.
Boss Tagaloa (ankle) practiced on Tuesday, but McClure is unsure of the freshman’s status for Saturday. He will be further evaluated at the week goes on. Tagaloa missed the game against BYU.
Former UCLA basketball player Kevin Love (left) made a record-tying donation to UCLA’s Mo Ostin Basketball Center. (AP Photo/Dick Whipple)
The UCLA athletic department announced a record-tying donation to the Mo Ostin Basketball Center from former UCLA basketball player Kevin Love on Tuesday as the NBA champion matched his former college teammate Russell Westbrook’s donation that was the largest by a former basketball player.
In honor of the gift, UCLA will name the new basketball-specific strength and conditioning facility in the Ostin Basketball Center The Kevin Love Strength and Conditioning Center.
Love will be at the Rose Bowl on Saturday at UCLA’s football game against Stanford for the UCLA Olympians reunion after he helped Team USA to a gold medal at the Rio London Olympics. He will be honored during the first quarter break.
“UCLA will always be my home,” Love said in a statement. “I have such fond memories of my time here from meeting Coach Wooden, to our run to the Final Four. I want to give back to the school and help prepare all the athletes who come through UCLA sports programs for their next steps, just like my time on campus prepared me.”